Autumn Math Fun in Palo Alto

Autumn is more than halfway over, and we at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that you’ve been having a great few months in school. With Thanksgiving season rapidly approaching, school often slows down for a little in Palo Alto. Teachers start assigning less homework and fewer tests, and students get to work on more fun, fall-themed projects. Some students get to write “What I’m Thankful For” poems, some decorate cornucopias, and others make turkeys by tracing their hands on paper and adding colorful feathers.

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Even though the homework load is likely going to slow down during this festive time of year, we don’t want for your child’s math skills to get put on the back burner! Below are a few fun, fall-themed math problems that can be used to keep your child’s mind sharp — even when the beautiful Palo Alto autumn weather begs for them to be outside playing.

1. Daniel has 6 people in his family. 4 more people will be joining them in Palo Alto for Thanksgiving dinner. If 1 pumpkin pie can feed 8 people, how many pies will they need for the dinner to have enough for everyone?

2. There are 12 trees in Michelle’s backyard. When she looks out of the window, she sees that 6 of them have shed all of their leaves. What percentage of her trees have shed their leaves for fall?

3. The average weight of Nathan’s 3 turkeys is 10 pounds. If the first 2 turkeys weigh 8 pounds and 12 pounds, how much does the 3rd turkey weigh?

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that you and your family are having a happy, fulfilled fall so far! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Fall Food in Menlo Park

Fall is the time of many delicious food-related holidays, including Halloween and Thanksgiving. From pumpkin pie to caramel apples to cranberry juice, fall is a period of time during which food is definitely at the forefront of people’s minds. Here are some places in Menlo Park where you and your family can get a taste of these and similar fall-related foods.

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1. Restaurant 3000 — serves seasonal American breakfasts and lunches

2. Blue Garden Cafe — a lunchtime cafe best known for its seasonal salads and sandwiches

3. Menlo Grill Bistro — offers a wide variety of upscale seasonal dishes for palates of any kind

You can still be engaged with math while you’re out at these Menlo Park places! Whether it’s asking your child to cut apple pie into 8 even pieces, or telling them to calculate the 15% tip at the restaurant, there are many opportunities to engage your child’s mind. For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Halloween in Palo Alto

Halloween is coming soon! Palo Alto residents have long enjoyed this exciting, sweet treat-filled holiday; houses are decorated all around town, and there are events such as trick-or-treating and games at Stanford Shopping Center near downtown Palo Alto. While everyone in Palo Alto seems to enjoy Halloween, however, not as many people know about the history behind the holiday. Here are some fun facts on the origins and history of Halloween.

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1. The word “Halloween” is a shortening of “All Hallows’ Evening,” which was the original name of the holiday.

2. Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, which celebrated the end of the harvest season.

3. Masks and costumes were originally worn in order to mimic or appease any evil spirits.

4. The earliest known reference to trick-or-treating in North America was in a 1911 Ontario newspaper. Apparently  before that, kids didn’t go around getting candy from neighbors!

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope you have a fun, safe Halloween this year. or more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.


Fall in Atherton

Fall–or autumn, depending on what you want to call it–is here in Atherton! The leaves turning beautiful colors, slightly cooler weather, the start of the school year, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are just a few of the reasons that fall is beloved by many. Particularly in Atherton, where the weather gets especially mild and nice during this season, many people love to get out and do things during fall. Now that we are well into the season, here are some fun, educational facts about this period of the year!

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1. The term “fall” first came to be used in 16th century England due to the Middle English phrases “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year.”

2. Instead of “autumn,” people in New England used to call this season “backend.”

3. In the Southern Hemisphere, Easter takes place during fall!

4. The beautiful aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, tends to be visible during this time of year. This is because geomagnetic storms, which produce them, are about twice as likely to occur during the fall as a result of the colder weather.

5. The first day of autumn is the autumnal equinox. During this day, in Atherton and around the world, the number of hours of darkness exactly equals the number of hours of daylight.

We at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that you have a fun-filled fall! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.


Pearl Milk Tea in Palo Alto

One popular drink in the Bay Area and particularly in Palo Alto is pearl milk tea, otherwise known as PMT, boba, or bubble tea. A sweet treat enjoyed by all ages, it is relatively inexpensive and comes in dozens of flavors.

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There are many beloved pearl milk tea places throughout and near Palo Alto to visit. These include Gong Cha, T4, Verde, and Teaspoon. A lot of students especially like to go to pearl milk tea cafes in Palo Alto to work on their schoolwork while they enjoy a refreshing drink. Here are some fun math problems that you can work on while you sip on your drink!


1. Cassie’s biology class is having a beginning-of-year party and wants to get pearl milk tea for beverages. There are , 25 students in her class, including Cassie. If each drink costs $4, how much will it cost for everyone–including the teacher–to get a drink?

2. There are 8 pearl milk tea places in Palo Alto. If 5 of them sold 100 drinks today and the rest sold 80 drinks today, how many drinks did the pearl milk tea places sell in total today?

3. Michael wants to drive to the nearest pearl milk tea cafe to grab a drink. It is 10 miles away. His car gets 30 miles per gallon, and a gallon of gas cost him $3. How much would he be spending on gas to drive there and back to get a drink?

Hope these pearl milk tea math problems were challenging but fun! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.



Soccer in Palo Alto

Many children in Palo Alto enjoy playing soccer.  Soccer may seem like a purely physical sport, but there is also math.  Here are some soccer related math problems provided to you by the Mathnasium of Palo Alto / Menlo Park:

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  1. A soccer game is really long at 90 minutes! If Charlie’s game is a third of the way through the first half how much time is left in until half time?
  2. During one soccer game in Palo Alto, Stacy scored two goals in 24 minutes. If there is 36 minutes left in the game and she keeps scoring at this rate, how many more goals will she score in this game?
  3. If James burns 40 calories every five minutes of playing soccer and his coach keeps him playing for  60% of the game, how many calories does he burn during the game?
  4. Two Palo Alto soccer teams are playing against each other.  If Carol’s team scores once every 27 minutes and Holly’s team scores twice every 50 minutes which team will win?

Next time you play soccer in Palo Alto enjoy the game and think about all the math involved.  You will be amazed at how many things contain math in them!

Brunch Math Problems at Menlo Park

A good way to spend a Sunday morning in Menlo Park with your family is having brunch.  Going out for brunch is great, but it also costs money.  In order to make sure you  spend the right amount it is important to know math.  Here are some brunch themed math problems that the Mathnasium of Palo Alto/Menlo Park are providing for you:

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1. If two parents want coffee for $3 each and three kids want hot chocolate for $2.50 each how much does the family spend on drinks?

2.  At one Menlo Park brunch restaurant, it takes 3 eggs to make an omelette and 2 eggs to make a scramble.  The family wants to order 4 scrambles and 1 omelette.  How many eggs does the families order take?

3.  The oldest son eats his whole omelette and half his sister’s scramble.  If each egg has 90 calories, how many calories did he consume in eggs?  If he goes running later and burns 50 calories for every 20 minutes of running how long does he have to run around Menlo Park?

4. A family in Menlo Park decides to brunch one Sunday! If the entire meal costs $60 and the family wants to tip the waiter %15 how much will the final bill be?

So next Sunday morning go out for brunch in Menlo Park.  Your family can enjoy a great breakfast and bond over math!

Greer Park in Palo Alto

Palo Alto is famous for its spacious, well maintained public parks. One such park is Greer Park, located on Amarillo Avenue by Bayshore Freeway and Highway 101. This massive park can host a wide variety of activities; there are soccer fields, a skate bowl, a playground, and barbeque facilities! For this reason, many Palo Alto residents love this park. It is generally quite bustling on weekends with people of all ages: kids, teenagers, and entire families.

While taking a break from doing math, kids should definitely visit Greer Park and explore its huge grounds. Things one can do at Greer include playing soccer, playing frisbee, having a picnic, flying a kite, going on a jog, or even having a barbeque with friends and family! But Greer also has quiet, secluded areas as well. In fact, the spacious fields, shady trees, and numerous park benches provide peaceful places to read, study, and work on math homework!

Whether you live right next door in Palo Alto or are simply passing by while driving, be sure to check out the lovely Greer Park! We hope you have fun–and perhaps even get some math work done–at the park.  For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Summer Days at the SFMOMA

Staying cooped up in Palo Alto can get boring sometimes. One fun–and relatively local–place to go on excursions this summer is the lovely, bustling San Francisco. Home to a multitude of attractions suitable for a wide variety of interests, visiting San Francisco is the perfect family-friendly summer activity.

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This summer, the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, otherwise known as the SFMOMA, has become a go-to place for people of all ages. With FREE admission for any visitor 18 and under, it is budget-friendly while still being able to mesmerize visitors for hours on end. The museum has 7 spacious stories, each filled with modern art exhibits from artists of a wide range of styles. The SFMOMA will undoubtedly keep kids simultaneously entertained by and educated on the world of art.

Best of all, kids can stay refreshed on basic arithmetic skills while visiting the SFMOMA! Things you can do to incorporate math into your visit:

–Ask your child to count how many paintings have a certain characteristic (Ex: How many paintings on this floor include faces in them?).

–There are many geometric works of art in the SFMOMA. Ask your child to name the shapes they see.

We hope you and your family have fun at the SFMOMA as you wrap up your summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Music Math Fun for Atherton

With September already here, our Atherton students are finding their rhythm back in school! This week, our staff at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park have come up with some music-themed math problems. Whether it’s finding new artists and songs to listen to, or going to a concert with your friends, music is a great way to kick back and relax. Here are three fun, music-related math word problems for our Atherton students to do this week!

1. Brendan wants to buy five of his favorite songs on iTunes. Each song costs 99 cents, and his mom gave him $4.50. Does Brendan have enough money to buy the songs he wants?

2. Julia and her eight friends are going to an Atherton summer music festival together. Julia’s family owns 2 cars, each of which can seat 5 people. Will everyone be able to get a ride to the summer music festival?

3. This summer, Martin and his band want to record in their local Atherton studio. Each hour in the studio costs $100, and they want to book 3 hours. How much will that cost in total?

Hope these summer music-related word problems were fun to figure out! We hope you have an exciting, music-filled summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.